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JOUOURNALIST H. L. MENCKEN - SOCIAL CRITIC

JOUOURNALIST H. L. MENCKEN - SOCIAL CRITIC

Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken, American editor and critic (1880-1956).

FAMOUS DEAD NON-THEISTS: http://www.jmarkgilbert.com/atheists.html

"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the same sense and to the same extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart."
Religion is "so absurd that it comes close to imbecility." ["Treatise on the Gods"]
"Since the early days, [the church] has thrown itself violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was an apologist for the divine right of kings."

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable. . . . A man full of faith is simply one who has lost (or never had) the capacity for clear and realistic thought. He is not a mere ass: he is actually ill."

"God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters." [from the alt.quotations archive, found from http://www.starlingtech.com/quotes/search.html]

"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration--courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth." [1925]

"Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt."

"For centuries, theologians have attempted to explain the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing."

"The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind."

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